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Dan    Posted 03-24-2017 at 17:39:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • 8N ROPS
  • OK, I have an 8N and I need a ROPS, but many of the forums discussing these are a bit long in the tooth. So here's an update based on a lot of looking.

    I wholeheartedly agree that if you can afford it, you should by a professionally manufactured ROPS. The variables of workmanship and the liabilities involved are huge. Having said that, those of us with an 8N that does more than just go to shows usually need a cost-effective solution.

    After combing through many sources I've found 3 solutions, all of which have been found by others, but I've gathered them here in one place.

    1 - Hercules ROPS - About $750 for the 8N model shipping is another story. I last spoke to the dealer in Apple Valley CA a few years ago, and he had at least one in stock.
    2 - Bare-Co - Similar price. Emailed today, got a response today, through a dealer in Shingle Springs CA.
    3 - NIOSH CROPS Project - Full detailed plans for a DIY ROPS, professionally engineered and tested. Designed specifically to be fabricated and installed by the do-it-yourselfer, you'll have to price the steel yourself to get an idea of what the project will cost. Only has 2 brackets that need welding, the fabrication shops that do that would probably charge a mighty reasonable price. Be warned - if you go to the site with your phone or tablet, you may wonder where the hell the plans are. Go there on a PC, something wonky about how tables display.

    So there it is, in one place, I plan to copy and paste this message where I can. And I plan to build the NIOSH CROPS.

    Ed Gooding (VA)    Posted 03-25-2017 at 09:01:55 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Thank you
  • Thanks, Dan!

    chris Zuhn    Posted 05-26-2019 at 00:12:46 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Thank you
  • The axle brackets require one to bend 1/2" Grade 50 plate to 90* - NO WELDING those parts, and it does NOT specify 1/2" angle iron. Parts #1, #2, #3, and #4. Also Part #12 requires 3/8" Grade 50 plate to be bent; again NOT angle iron or welded pieces. I had considered building this; but, I have no means to bend that plate properly. Heating to bend removes the characteristics of the metal. I have priced out the iron and fabrication costs, and it is less expensive to buy one specifically manufactured for the 8N. With the ROPS, you must install the seat belt. The ROPS and seat belt combination is designed to keep one within the protected area. No seat belt, and you may very well be crushed or injured by the ROPS on top of you. zuhnc

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